Today's dress is a repeat pattern. I have 3 of these dresses. The first one you saw on day 5 here and pictured below.
The second was worn on day 9 and pictured below.
I had some fun with this one by mixing the prints. Just the right front panel and one of the ties has the girls. The other side and the entire back is the daisy print. It's very warm in Chicago so dressing is a little tricky as you want to be cool enough to get to your destination and warm enough once you arrive. Sure enough, the building I was in today was freezing cold. I guess I should have taken the time to put on some hose, my legs are frighteningly white!!! Oh well :-)
This will be the last time that you will see this dress as this is the last one that I have, made up anyway!!
Good Morning and welcome to a new week!
Last week I shared a few pieces from the Bill Blass book, Bill Blass An American Designer. We took a look at day wear, so this week I thought we would focus on some of the evening pieces. The shapes are simple but so very elegant.
I love how Bill Blass was able to take a piece that most all of us have in our wardrobe and simply by turning it around and leaving it open, the basic cardigan became an evening piece.
Although this is not an evening piece, I just had to share it. What a spectacular use of smocking.
It seems that so many today have bought into an idea that easy and comfortable means jeans and a t-shirt. Bill Blass showed us that easy and comfortable still means being so very chic and sophisticated.
Have a wonderful week everyone!!!
I'm cheating a bit this week with the soup as it is not my own recipe. Panera Bread had sent me(not just me, anyone on their mailing list!!) a recipe for their tomato soup and I have been wanting to give it a try(I love tomato soup, homemade anyway). Today is a great day to make it as the recipe says that it only takes 25 minutes to cook and since I'm a little pressed for time, this sounded like a deal to me.
I'm happy to say that the soup tastes just as good as theirs. I did make just a couple of changes which I will make note of as I go through the recipe.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
5 large super-ripe tomatoes (about 4 pounds), coarsely chopped
¾ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper*I added quite a bit more.
Pinch of ground cayenne (optional)*I added about 1/8 of a teaspoon as I wanted to at least taste the pepper.
1 teaspoon of celery seed(I added the celery seed, not part of the original recipe, because I like a richer celery taste)
Warm the oil and butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and celery, and cook until soft but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes (with juices), sugar, basil leaves, salt, black pepper, and cayenne (if using). Increase the heat to high and bring the tomatoes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming off and discarding any foam from the surface.
Puree the soup in a blender, in batches if necessary; then pass the puree through a medium-mesh strainer, pressing on and discarding the solids. Return the soup to the pot to keep it warm.(**I did not do this step with my soup. I used an immersible hand blender and blended my soup without straining it which you can see in the picture below)
Just before serving, stir in the chopped basil. Divide the soup among four bowls and serve it with the rolls.
I topped my soup off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Here is a link to the Panera website, http://mypanera.panerabread.com/. You can find lots of nice and easy recipes. If you live here in America, you can also sign up for their rewards program. From time to time I get a free lunch and not much is free these days!!
Hope you're having a nice relaxing Sunday.
May 9th. This is a catch up picture, not taken on the day the garment was worn. This is a wrap dress that is my pattern. I have not blogged about it. What I like about this pattern is that the front wrap stays closed, so no pins holding it closed over the bust area. We went to see a production of Oklahoma that Lyric Opera is doing this season. A nice comfortable dress for sitting and since it's knit, I can wear it all day long and not worry about wrinkles.
May 17th. You just saw this dress on Friday's FFPF post. I made it on Friday and wore it on Friday. We had a banquet to attend, so why not?! Sorry for the poor picture. We just couldn't find decent lighting. I really enjoyed wearing the dress.
May 18th. I met up with an American Sewing Guild group for a tour of a business called Lorna's Laces. We were able to tour the factory and treated to a demonstration on how she dyes the yarn. Very interesting. Of course we had an opportunity to do a little shopping and I bought yarn. Oh my, it was just all too pretty!!! So I dressed comfortably. The top is from this Sleeves On Saturday post.
May 19th. This skirt will be an upcoming post for Fabulous Free Pattern Friday. It's just a rectangle! The top is my pattern, just a basic cowl neck top. You really can't see the necklace, but I did make that as well.
Finally, all caught up!!! On to a new week :-)
Today's sleeve is a twist on a very traditional sleeve, the Petal Sleeve. Since it's a twist, I'm calling this sleeve
The Twisted Petal Sleeve
The idea for this sleeve, believe it or not came to me this past week when I laid down to meditate for a bit. Yes, I'm one of those people!! Actually, I find it really helps to keep me calm. Just as I closed my eyes, the idea for this sleeve popped into my head and I thought it was rather fun. You're only getting the sleeve today. You'll have to come back by on Tuesday to see the entire blouse and what collar I have done to go with it.
As you can see, the sleeve is exactly like a petal sleeve. All I have done is lengthen the underarm area so that it becomes a strap that will wrap around the arm.
To draft this sleeve, begin with the basic sleeve pattern. Remember, we are using Butterick 5678 as our base pattern, but any basic sleeve will work.
Measure down 1" on the underarm seam and draw a horizontal line.
Notice on the sleeve head of this pattern that there are dots on either side of the center notch. We will use these dots as the starting point for the petal shape of the sleeve. Draw in the petal shape and have the lines intersect in the middle. Notice that my lines come down just below the line I drew in that is 1" below the armpit. The extra curve of the line is 3/8" below the 1" line.
Extend the lines out from the armpit. In order to determine how long this area should be, measure around your arm from the armpit to the center of your arm at the bicep. Be sure to add for the button extension. I added 2" as I wanted to have 2 buttons on my band.
Trace off the front and back of the sleeve.
The final patterns. I placed notches where the dots had been so I would know where the opposite edge of the petal should be placed. I have the original notches of the sleeve indicating the front and back. I also added a notch where the original underarm seam would have been. This way I will know where to clip the band when sewing.
It's a little difficult to see in the picture below, but the underarm notch is clipped and the underarm notches on both sides will just meet in the center of the underarm seam.
This treatment to the sleeve gives the look of a cuff without an actual cuff being added. It also gives a nice little peek-a-boo interest to the sleeve
So, come back on Tuesday to see the entire blouse!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Today's little pattern is as easy as it gets, 2 rectangles, some trim and your done! I'm calling this dress Channeling Wilma
Not exactly the same, thank goodness, but we both have the half the shoulder thing going on.
I chose to make the accent trim long enough to go around my neck and then tie in the back, but it could also tie in the front as well.
So here you see that the dress is nothing more than 2 rectangles with an angled cut.
You will need your hip measurement and your length measurement. Add 2" to the hip measurement for ease and so you can move in the dress. I made my dress out of a polyester fabric that has no stretch whatsoever.
To cut the angle, this will vary by your bust size, but measuring down 8" on the side seam and leaving 7" for the opposite shoulder seam will be a good starting point.
To sew the dress, sew the off the shoulder side seam and the opposite shoulder seam. Try the dress on to determine the amount you will leave open for the armhole then sew that side seam. Finish the armhole opening with bias tape. For the accent tie, cut a piece of fabric 3" wide plus seam allowance. The length should be 2 1/2 times the shoulder opening. Sew the trim on. Determine your hem and your finished!
I will be wearing this dress soon, so a better picture will follow.